Barton holds hands up to violent conduct charge
Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton will be banned for three Premier League matches after accepting a charge of violent conduct following an incident during Wednesday's 2-1 home loss to Blackburn Rovers.
The 28-year-old was charged by the Football Association yesterday for punching Rovers' Norway midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen in the chest, which was not seen by the referee.
"I fully accept that I was in the wrong on this occasion and accept the charge that the FA have brought against me," Barton said in a club statement.
"This season I have really been enjoying my football and although I have been on the receiving end of a few robust challenges I have, up until now, remained calm in the face of provocation and just carried on with the game.
"But I hold my hands up, I reacted badly to the situation on Wednesday night and I deeply regret it."
Barton was given until today to reply to the charge and under the FA's fast-track regulations his admission means he will now be handed a standard three-match ban.
The incident is the latest in a long list of disciplinary problems faced by the former Manchester City player, who joined Newcastle in June 2007. He was jailed in 2008 for assault.
He will now miss league matches against Fulham, Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea.
- Spain's eagerly anticipated 'Clasico' between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be held on Monday, November 29, to avoid a clash with regional elections in Catalunya, the Spanish professional league (LFP) said yesterday.
Champions Barca will host Real, who top the standings by a point from their arch-rivals after 10 games, for the match at the Nou Camp.